Child Malnutrition and Mortality in Nigeria

Every 10 minutes, one woman dies on account of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria, giving a total of 53,000 per year. This means about 800 women die in every 100,000 live births. Nigeria’s newborn death rate (neonatal mortality) – 528 per day – is one of the highest in the world. More than a quarter of the estimated 1 million children who die under the age of 5 years annually in Nigeria die during the first 28 days of life (neonatal period). About 9 out of ten of newborn deaths are preventable. About 5.3 million children are born yearly in Nigeria, that is about 11,000 everyday. 1 million of these children die before the age of 5 years